Digital Health Literacy explained for and by German elderly people
IC-Health partner Scanbalt Forening conducted a series of workshops with more than twenty German elderly people between November 2017 and January 2018.
Together with their national coordinator, elderly people learned what digital health literacy stands for, and discussed various ways to improve it. Participants were in general fairly comfortable with using Internet to look for health-related information. They often cited Google or Bing as useful tools. They also stressed that medical terms were often too difficult to understand. It is thus important for them to have access to high-quality information, but presented in a simple manner. Furthermore, the group discussed various techniques to determine the trustworthiness of information online. Among other things, the expertise of the author and the intentions of the website’s owner were cited as good practices to evaluate the trustworthiness of information.
With regard to the content and structure of their MOOC, the elderly participants decided to use “strokes, cardiovascular diseases, blood-pressure” as a medical example. They hope that this example will help other users to fully understand the extent of digital health literacy.